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Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz Socket 604 Processor Review

Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz Socket 604 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Xeon CPUs we're examining have been built with 0.13 micron process technology, and are based on the Gallatin core which operates with a 533 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB).
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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Intel Sep 29 2004   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > CPU / Processors > Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz

Benchmarks: ScienceMark, CINEBENCH 2000

ScienceMark 2.0 Source: ScienceMark

Mol Dyn: Molecular Dynamics is a method for simulating the thermodynamic behaviour of materials using their forces, velocities, and positions. Most important of the afore mentioned is the force.

Primordia: This code calculates the Quantum Mechanical Hartree-Fock Orbitals for each electron in any element of the periodic table.

ScienceMark 2.0 Benchmark Results
Mol Dyn Seconds Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 81.34

Pentium 4 3.2C

80.49
Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 72.48

Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

90.57
Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled

109.40

Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

143.23

Primordia

Seconds

Ranking

Athlon64 3200+ 420.24

Pentium 4 3.2C

402.75
Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 414.05

Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

423.48
Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 450.66

Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

560.55

The dual Xeon system finally comes into its own here. Sciencemark 2.0 makes good use of hyperthreading and multiple processors, and this shows especially in the Mol Dyn benchmark. It's nice to see that the program can differentiate between dual CPU's and HyperThreading as well. Bandwidth is king in the Primordia benchmark, and the 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 takes advantage of this.

CINEBENCH 2000 Source: Cinebench

CINEBENCH 2000 is a free benchmarking tool for Windows and the Mac OS based on the powerful 3D software CINEMA 4D RX. The tool is set to deliver accurate benchmarks by testing not only a computer's raw processing speed but also all other areas that affect system performance such as OpenGL, multithreading, and multiprocessors

CINEBENCH 2000 Benchmark Results

Multiple CPU

Rating

Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 62.52

Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

51.29
Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 34.82

Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

N/A

Cinebench is the first of our benchmarks (besides Sandra) that specifically tests multiple CPUs. We thought we'd run the Xeon system through the multiple CPU benchmark to see how it did in its various configurations. We knew that hyperthreading allows single Intel CPUs to run this multiple CPU test, so we wanted to see the difference between Hyperthreading's 'virtual' extra processor and a physical dual CPU setup. As you can see, there's quite a significant performance advantage to the extra CPU here, though hyperthreading alone allows a single CPU to do a competent job.

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Contents of Article: Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz
 Pg 1.  Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz Socket 604 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  History and Technology of the Xeon
 Pg 3.  Hyperthreading Technology on the Xeon
 Pg 4.  Faster FSB and Cache
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, SuperPi
 Pg 6.  — Benchmarks: ScienceMark, CINEBENCH 2000
 Pg 7.  Two Fast Server Chips!

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